Handmade Wine Carrier
Comfortable Shoulder Strap for Parties and Festivals
High-Quality Leather Protects Bottle & Maintains Temperature
Attractive, Classic Design
Made with 100% Soft Genuine Blue Suede
Length: 4.25 Inches
Height: 10.5 Inches
Width: 4.25 Inches
Materials: Full Grain Leather
Over time and with use, the leather will assume a unique patina. If desired, condition with mineral oil or beeswax leather conditioner.
This attractive Leather Wine Carrier is handmade from full grain blue suede and feels as great as it looks. This is the only way to bring wine to the BYOB, party or festival in style. The holder is easy to transport with a comfortable, shoulder strap, has a pull-tight cord for extra security, and is our modern day take on the Spanish "Bota" bag. It makes for a perfect gift and even better when paired with a fantastic bottle of wine! Ideal for 750ml wine or liquor bottles, but can, of course, be used as a pouch for other items.
The "Bota" bag is a traditional Spanish container, typically for red wine. The bag is made of two pieces of goatskin leather, sewn together and lined with an impermeable layer. The nozzle is attached on the end and the wine would be squirted into your mouth. The "Bota" was usually carried by traders of Rioja wine, and even distributed as part of the standard equipment that Spanish soldiers were given on their campaign to Cuba in the 1800's.
The flesh side of the soft leather is first stained with natural drab tone and finished with our proprietary beeswax conditioner. Our unique treatment not only helps the leather to retain its shape without the aid synthetic stabilizers, it also eliminates the need for a lining (often the first to tear) offering a natural and durable look.
The leather we use, originating from our well established supplier Compiel, is nothing but Full Grain Leather, and if you don't know what that is, then make sure you're sitting comfortably. There are 4 types of leather, and they differ in quality. You have Full Grain Leather, Top Grain Leather, Genuine Leather and Bonded Leather.
We'll start with Bonded Leather. It's more of an insult to call Bonded Leather a leather. It's basically lots of different parts of leather glued and pressed together to make one piece. It's cheap, not at all durable and it will fall apart within weeks. In short, it's no good and we are completely against it.
Genuine Leather is in third place in the running, and is the layer of the hide that remains after the top is taken off for the better quality leathers. This surface can often be given a makeover with a finish, sometimes a spray paint that can give it the look of a better quality. Not something that happens in our house. Don't settle for this, you can do better.
Top Grain Leather is the second highest grade that you'll find. A leather taken from the top layer of the hide that is treated, sanded and refined. It's a good quality leather, but not good enough for Hide and Drink. You can still do better, though, go one more step higher.
Full Grain Leather is the best you can get when it comes to leather, there's no competition here, and Hide and Drink is its biggest fan. Full Grain Leather comes from the top layer of the hide, and has all of the grain, hence its name. It's the best leather than you can buy, and the only leather that we use. You can stop looking now, you've found the cream of the crop.
The tanning process is something that we take pride in. Our rustic leather is created through removing the hair, extracting the moisture, taking out the oils and, of course, the natural preservatives. The leather is placed in a large container filled with new oils, coloring and preservatives, and there it takes on its new color and thus its new personality. The finishing process consists of pressing the leather with heated plates, hung up to dry and sprayed and finished with a sealer. Finally it is pressed once more and then ready for its transformation, in which it is carefully handcrafted by the diligent locals of Pastores, Guatemala, where our workshop is located.